Sunday, October 16, 2011
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #285
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WANTED: DEAD OR JEFFREY MORGAN’S
MEDIA BLACKOUT #285!
Big Red & Barbacoa (Alive) :: Don’t let the laconic opening track fool ya ’cause once they get going
these mofos are more hyperactive than a gang-bangin’ nympho on her backdated birthday—and twice as hot. Bonus
points for recording “I Keep Waiting” which is the greatest cross-border song that the Beach Boys never recorded.
The Plimsouls – Live! Beg, Borrow &
Steal: October 31, 1981 Whisky A Go Go (Alive) :: Recorded close enough to the end of the ’70s to remain a certifiably
cool historical document of the times, this one captures the rockin’ Plimsouls at their finest as they show why they’re
the long lost missing musical link in an pop-rock lineage that stretches back to the Beatles and was inherited by Cheap Trick.
Brian Olive – Brian Olive (Alive)
:: And speaking of rock royalty, sauntering out of left field like some kinda mutant bastitch offspring between piano-pimpin’
Randy Newman and sax-swillin’ David Bowie comes this genial gent who sounds like he was born after spending nine months
with his sonic sensibilities slowly soaking in a vat of rock ’n’ roll.
The Black Keys – The Moan (Alive) :: When I first heard this white boy
gitbox and traps duo on the radio whilst driving thought Mississippi, I initially took them to be denizens from the swamp-steeped
colored contingency. That’s ’cause these four tracks are so stewed in primo distorto in-the-red primitivism it
makes Raw Power sound like Wish You Were Here—and if you don’t believe me, just listen to their
reverbo tremolo cover of Die Stooches’ “No Fun” which makes the original sound like it was recorded by the
The Nerves – One
Way Ticket (Alive) :: This certified cool catch-all compendium is the definitive must have one disc distillation of the
Nerves’ late ’70s power pop puds. Almost everything you’d want to hear is here including their initial four
track extended player; a brace of rare demos; and an overdose of live tracks—twenty songs in all. Bonus points for using
vintage liner photos by Bongo Beat Records prexy Ralph Alfonso who, appropriately enough given the content, is Canada’s
answer to the late great Greg Shaw of Bomp Records fame.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo Killers – 3 (Alive) :: Maybe that’s a wily reflection
on their band name but, boy, do these guys ever have their vintage Buffalo Springfield sound down pat, with a scoop of classic
Neil Young mixed in to make everything go down smooth. Luckily for them, they somehow manage to transcend the comparison by
managing to paradoxically come up with their own twangy sound, as witnessed by songs like the short and sweet “Everyone
Knows It But You” and the utterly amiable “Circle Day” which is sloppy enough to have a choppy verve and
swerve all its own. For what it’s worth, there’s something happening here. What it is, is exactly clear.
Ramones – It’s Alive! (Sire) :: Geddit?
Be seeing you!